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MOSCOW Vagankovskoe graveyard [C]* Burials of the executed & prison dead



Date of burial
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Moscow, 15 Sergei Makeyev Street
Access in a populated area
Public transport
On foot
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Visiting hours
according to cemetery regulations
Type of burial
Secret interment of executed
Camp (prison) burial ground
Current use
Burial ground and/or commemorative site
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected
Monument, Vagankovskoe graveyard, 2014 (Memorial St Petersburg)
Monument, Vagankovskoe graveyard, 2014 (Memorial St Petersburg)

From 1926 to 1935 the bodies of those sentenced to be shot by the OGPU-NKVD and of those who died in Moscow prisons were secretly buried in the Vagankovskoe graveyard. This is confirmed by documents from the investigation files preserved at the FSB central archive and in the archives of the FSB departments for Moscow and the Moscow Region.

The graveyard has not been investigated and the exact number of those secretly buried there has not been established. In 1995, the Memorial Society first published a list of 733 names, which has since been enlarged and the entries expanded. In 1994 a memorial was placed next to the entrance to the graveyard: “To the victims of political repression, 1927-1937”.

Books of Remembrance

A ten-volume Book of Remembrance has been published for the city of Moscow and its victims: one each for the Donskoe Monastery (2005), the Kommunarka “special site” (2000) and the Vagankovskoe Cemetery (1995); and seven volumes for the Butovo Firing Range (1997-2003). Together they provide biographical entries on 31,900 who were shot or sent to the camps; this total includes brief notes on 5,590 victims of political repression who have not been formally rehabilitated.

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
30 October
Solemn ceremonies to mark Remembrance Day for the Victims of Political Repression
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
Not preserved
Not defined
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under control of the Presnenskoe district administration
Sources and bibliography

[ original texts and hyperlinks ]

Lists of those shot in Moscow 1937-1952. Issue 2: The Vagankovskoe cemetery, 1926-1936, FSK and the Memorial society, Moscow, 1995 (303 pp)

Recollections of Lawlessness: A database “A Martyrology of the Victims of Political Repression, Shot and Buried in Moscow and the Moscow Region in 1918-1953” [retrieved, 29 May 2022]

“Vagankovskoe graveyard. Burials of the executed and prison dead”, Virtual Museum of the Gulag [partially retrieved, 3 June 2022]